Like other students, Rachel Warbelow went to Dev Bootcamp in the Summer of 2013 to learn to code. Unlike other students, Rachel was actually a teacher herself. She needed to learn to code in order to launch SWOTbot, an app that automated the manual process she had developed to track and communicate with her students. When we ran across Rachel’s Indiegogo campaign to buy computers for her class (who she was also teaching to code at the time), we knew we had to find out more about her story.
Read on for more about Rachel's brilliant idea for the SWOT program and how she used Dev Bootcamp to acheive her massive goals.Continue Reading
gSchool is a unique six-month, intensive program based inside the exciting Galvanize community of start ups and innovators. gSchool student Rolen Le dishes the details on how he made sure he was committed to a career in coding, why he chose a six-month school, and how practicing your LSAT review can actually help you ace the gSchool interview!
Richard Simms and Betsy Hauser-Idilbi met at an intensive coding bootcamp in Chicago, became friends, and decided that the South was missing similar opportunities to learn to code. Since then, they've launched Tech Talent South in Atlanta and are adding cohorts in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Asheville. We talked to Richard about the mission of Tech Talent South, the programs they offer, and how they produce web developers in just 8 weeks!
Mercedes Bent manages Web Development Immersives globally for General Assembly. The twelve-week, Rails-focused school employs their tried methods of teaching to produce full-stack developers who go on to get hired in the tech community or even launch their own products. Mercedes gives us the scoop on one of the largest and most established coding schools in the US- how she finds great instructors, what they look for in potential students, and some upcoming programs that will get you excited about General Assembly.
We talk with gSchool instructor Jeff Dean about his history at Pivotal Labs, why he beleives six months is necessary to produce well-rounded developers, and how excited he is for the upcoming Boulder cohort!Continue Reading
NOTE: This Q&A may be outdated. Tealeaf Academy is now Launch School.
Tealeaf Academy is an online, Rails bootcamp that offers three robust courses in web development for students with varying levels of experience. We talk to Kevin Wang, a cofounder of Tealeaf, about what makes their online program effective and the types of students who excel in their courses.Continue Reading
Andy Flack is a classic zero-to-sixty student...with a twist. When Andy started at Iron Yard in 2013, he was a retired coffee mule (you read that correctly) with absolutely no technical experience. Within two months of graduation, he had a full-time job as a Front-End Developer at ChartSpan, and he's not looking back. We talk with Andy about how Iron Yard helped him succeed and his transformation into a rockstar developer. [As of October 13, 2017, The Iron Yard will no longer be operating.]
David Basarab is a hiring manager at Cinemassive in Atlanta who works with the Software Craftsmanship Guild to hire talented .NET developers. Find out what he's looking for in a junior developer, how his relationship with SWCG is structured, and why he sees bootcamp-grads better prepared for his workforce than even recent college grads.
Siena Aguayo was a project manager at a tech company when she decided it was time to pursue programming- she chose Hackbright Academy because of the supportive community. We chat with Siena about why she chose a Python-focused school, how she prepared for interviews, and how Hackbright's women-only policy is helping change the face of the tech world.
With the recent attention on coding bootcamps in California and pressure to comply with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, we wondered if any coding schools in the US had gone through this accreditation process and what it meant to them. Turns out, the Software Craftsmanship Guild took the steps to become regulated by the Ohio State Board, and they think it's important that other schools comply as well.
We talk with Eric Wise, founder of the SWCG in Akron, Ohio, about his .NET bootcamp that's helping to fill open tech jobs in the Midwest, the importance of working with your state's regulatory agencies, and exactly what it means to be a "compliant" coding school.Continue Reading